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SVC Sailing Overview

Level of Participation.

All boys are invited to try sailing, as the sport can not be offered by many other schools around Tasmania. The college has a history of boys starting sailing in their early years at SVC and transitioning into club and representative sailing years later.

The College is developing the St Virgil’s College Marine Education Centre on the site of the former Austins Ferry Yacht Club, where boys will be educated on water safety and the fundamentals of sailing. The college has a fleet of six Sabot dinghies and six Pacer dinghies with two safety boats. The Centre is located about 10 mins walk from the College, with directions being available on the Sailing Sites webpage.

The College aims to introduce boys to sailing and to develop their basic skills. Further skill development is available with community sailing clubs that the school is partnered with.

The College competes in Team Racing and in recent years has won State, National and Interdominion Titles.



Boys must be able to swim 50m in a life jacket.

They must be free of any medical or physical condition that could generate an urgent safety incident on the water.



Sailing does not require an official uniform, however if students have their own life jackets and spray jackets it is recommended they bring them to training and competition. The College can provide life jackets and spray jackets for new sailors. Further clothing details are available from the Student Sailor Guidelines  page.

Participation in State or National Titles require some uniform items.



The main instruction sessions are held on Saturday mornings, with potential extra sessions during the week for boys attending the Senior Campus at Austins Ferry.  Instruction sessions are conducted by parents and other volunteers who have many years experience introducing young people to sailing. The number of sessions run is largely dependent on weather and volunteer participation – to register as a volunteer for the SVC sailing program or other school sports follow the appropriate links:

Senior School

Junior School 


If the skill levels are present, teams may be entered in the Term 1 & 4 Team Racing competition based at Nutgrove Beach, Sandy Bay. This may lead to participation in State and national titles. There may be training sessions after school. More information about competition can be found at the Sailing – Team Racing page.



To sail in Term 1 and 4 will cost $60 per term, this is to cover the costs of boat maintenance, equipment and official competition entry.